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CSEC seminar with Andrew Barry

Date: 25 October 2007 Time: 4.00-5.30 pm

'Oil explorations'

Andrew Barry (University of Oxford)

Thursday 25 October 2007, 16.00-17.30

Institute for Advanced Studies, Meeting Room 1

It is commonplace to note that social scientists should reduce their tendency to use the preposition 'of'. Instead of talking about the sociology, the anthropology, or the geography, or the politics, of medicine or religion, for example, we might begin to talk about the ways in which the study of medicine or religion might affect the ways in which we understand what the social or political or the cultural is. This paper follows this line of argument. In the paper, I argue that there has been something of a lack of interest in the study of oil except in the specialist literature. Given its evident political and economic importance, the literature on oil and other fossil fuels is remarkably limited. The paper explores the potential theoretical interest of oil, and discusses why there may have been such a neglect.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Bronislaw Szerszynski

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology

Keywords: Environment, Sociology


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